Libraries should be allowed to ban books from children, However at the end of the day parents need to be parents and raise their kids. But on this issue I dont think that children should be allowed to read whatever they want. I dont want my kids to live in a society where they can read a playboy or some other pornographic magazine or book.
Libraries should be allowed to list books which have been banned. The public has the right to know which books the libraries will not keep. There are a lot of books in our world, and we should not only be exposed to the ones that someone thinks are right for us to read.
I do believe that libraries should be allowed to have a list of banned books. As a public institute, libraries do have some responsibility in monitoring the material they make available to the general public, so I think they likewise have every right to ban books they determine are inappropriate for their collection. After all, anyone that wants to read those books can always pay for the privilege by buying them for themselves.
Some books contain bad information like they contain pornography, the glory of drugs,the love of sexual activities . So I think that they should be able to ban certain books.
Libraries and librarians should be able to exercise freedom by publishing banned book lists. The entire practice of banning a book due to possibly offensive content is absurd. Banned books elicit discussions about society, gender, race and other important issues. The archaic practice of banning a book because it is potentially subversive should be scrapped immediately. The county of a library should not endorse some values over others. The practice of discouraging the proliferation of information does not support the objective of libraries; to provide access to information and to educate.
I think a library should be able to determine the books that they want to have in their library. They should be able to ban the books they don't want to have available to people. There are lots of books that come out that are very graphic. Especially when a library has kids entering it all the time, there should be restrictions on what they give out. A book that a parent doesn't want their child reading could easily be borrowed at a library.
Libraries should be able to have a list of banned books. A lot of children and young teens frequent the library on a daily basis. The list would help keep the banned material out of their hands. If people want the books in question that much they can buy or view them on the internet.
Regardless to whether we believe books should be banned or not, it is paramount that libraries keep a list of books that are banned. For one, this will allow them to track and keep such material off their shelves. Furthermore, this is integral to the reader searching for material, in that they are informed and given notice why the book is not located in the local library.
While privately funded libraries can choose to carry whichever books they see fit to place on their shelves, public libraries that are funded by taxpayer dollars should in no way be allowed to ban particular books. As long as a particular book is legal to produce and to own, a library should in no way attempt to prevent it from being made available to its customers, finances permitting. It is not the place of libraries to censor knowledge or become a "nanny" to the general public that it is there to serve. Knowledge is neither good nor bad and no person or institution has the power to judge whether or not someone should have access to any particular knowledge.
Libraries are meant to have and maintain collection of human knowledge documented in various forms. Some creations may be banned for some reasons based on its unsuitability for the society or to a particular sect. But even the banned books also a form of human creation and knowledge which might possess useful resource. As we have controlled sections such as adult content restricted for younger audience. There may be another controlled section for banned content as well, which may be available for scholars or students or any one who has a specific need.
Only by having an open society where we can all read and think as we please can we remain a functioning democracy. If libraries were to do more than just have lists to illustrate how wonderful books have been banned, then we are doomed. There is no way a society that is supposed to be free can function if libraries are banning books. We must have access to every kind of idea that exists.
I totally agree that libraries should be allowed to have a list of banned books. This is because libraries are considered to be the knowledge house of all information whether it is relevant or not. Banned books are books which are banned in the country because of religious, political or any other motive. So it doesn't make sense not to allow banned books in libraries which has been the center of knowledge.
Public libraries are funded by the government, the same government that guarantees "freedom of speech" and "freedom of the press". With that in mind, it would be a major violation of said freedoms to not have banned books available to checkout. I think it is also their right, and duty, to provide a list of books that have been banned by the closed minded conservative groups around the world.
One of the principles that makes this country great is our freedom to say, write, and read whatever we want. Yet countless people are attempting to restrict our access to certain books, even removing some from library shelves. They cite reasons ranging from explicit sexual content to the promotion of witchcraft and the encouragement of violence. Book banning has become so common recently that the last week of September is known as Banned Books Week, when a list of the most frequently banned books is compiled. There have also been lists of frequently banned authors, as well as most banned books of the decade. What is interesting about these is that many of the books are classics.
Books are banned for a reason--may it be because it is inappropriate or because it wasn't written by credible authors. Either way, they are banned so library-goers wouldn't read them.
However, there is one problem. If libraries ban books because it is inappropriate to read, how would readers know they are inappropriate if lists of those banned books are nowhere to be found?
Let's say a minor would find a certain book in a bookstore appealing without knowing it is inappropriate. Later, as he read it, he found out it's wasn't appropriate for him (in other words, this kind of book had porn on it). In another example, let's say before entering that bookstore, a minor found out--from a certain banned-books-list a library provided--that same book was inappropriate, do you think he'd still buy that book? No, of course not. The library already told him it was inappropriate which allowed them to ban it in the first place. Respecting the library's opinion, that minor would be able to buy other books that aren't banned in libraries; hence, it would make his life easier.
Showing a list of banned books in libraries would allow library-goers to know the types of books that aren't fit for reading. Thus, this makes their lives easier by not wasting their time reading books that are banned in libraries in the first place. Not only would this make minors aware of the books that aren't credible, but would also stop them from poisoning their young developing and pure minds.
One way libraries could implement this is by not only placing the list of banned books itself but by placing its description/and or reviews from other credible journalists and books reviewers on why it is banned--may it be because it is inappropriate or because it is not credible enough to be placed in a library.
Nonetheless, libraries should be allowed to place a list of banned books in libraries to ensure the safety reading and not-waste-of-time reading of many library-goers and non-library-goers.
By allowing the government to ban books, we are allowing our rights to be violated. The first amendment clearly states that, "congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." By banning certain books, you are taking away the author's inalienable right to free speech. Whether a book is appropriate, or not, is a matter of opinion, an opinion people should be able to form on their own. People should be able to challenge themselves with the literature that they read. If a child wants to read a certain book, that is up to their parents to decide if it is fit, as for adults, they should be able to make that decision on their own.
Libraries should not have a list of banned books. If they have a list it should be of the books they have, where it is located in the library and the rating. If people knew the rating of reach and every book then it would be easier to keep books that have inappropriate text out of the hands of young kids. Or they can warn kids about the content of the book. For example, The Catcher in the Rye, is a banned book that I have read. It has drugs, alcohol, sex, and other things that children should not be getting into, and at the end of the book you learn that the speaker is in a mental institution the whole time the story was being told. But if you think about today's society there are a lot of young people exposed to drugs, alcohol, sex, cursing, and whatever else out there. Reading those things will not change their thought process. Harry Potter does magic does that mean those who read it will be able to conjure the spells too? No, because no one has real powers to perform any spells.
Adolescents need to hear the truth to fully understand society, because society is full of many unusual and different situations than what teenagers experience. They need to have a handle on what they're about to see for the rest of their lives. Books are really good resources for finding the truth and for even finding new ideas on how to live an independent and self-assured life.
“And Tango Makes Three," “His Dark Materials" trilogy, “Bless Me, Ultima." These are just some of the books that would be banned from your library because of explicit content. Books should not be banned from schools just because of mature content such as language, religious views, racial slurs, violence, or any other kind of obscene use. People read books every day and to take away the privilege of reading whatever book they want then that would be unfair and restricting many things that they could learn. According to most Creekside Middle School students they actually read certain books just because they can relate it to their life and help them understand more things about reality. Also I think that a student or teenager would much rather read about something exciting and has action with a plot then read about just some plain book about a kid with no plot. It is the students’ choice if they want to read those types of books or not. If a person does not think that a book is appropriate then they do not have to read it. Everybody is different; so to one person the book may be terrible but to the other person it may be interesting or enjoyable. Schools, teachers, adults, etc. are always telling kids and teenagers to read more books and taking books out of the library would be defining our vocabulary and book choice. If we keep all of those books in the library then it would be teaching teenagers more things about reality and expanding their vocabulary and point of views. If kids don’t get the chance to read the stuff that is in those books then they would not be ready for the real world when they actually get out of school. Teenagers, kids, students, adults and teachers are begging to not restrict certain books just because of what is written in them. “Reading books like this is exciting and entertaining! Please don’t tell me I can’t read anymore just because these books have racial slurs or language!” Jadey, a student from Fairborn middle school, says to the New York Times Newspaper. “Reading to me is my life, I take it very seriously. Let us keep reading books, don’t take away our freedom!” Emerson, a student from Westfield High School, said to a reporter for their school newspaper. I know that I don’t read a book every week and that I’m not the biggest reader ever known but what I do know is that it would not be fair to certain students who take reading so seriously to just take away half of the books that they read. Some of the most famous authors such as J.K. Rowling and Mark Twain would be banned. But most of their books are required to be read in some schools. Some people are even trying to ban the dictionary! Which is just a couple steps to far. Books with mature content are found in every library across the United States. If a kid doesn’t just get the books from school they will go to a library to find their books. And if teenagers start to do that then the school libraries will not have as many kids coming into get any books so therefore the library would be no use to people. Also the things we learn about in school and hear from other students while walking in the hallway are just as bad as what is written in the books with any kind of obscene or mature content. If these books were banned then kids would not understand life how it really is, they would think of it as some fantasy world with absolutely no crimes or fighting which is not how life really is! My opponent thinks that books are to violent for students who are still in school but what good book doesn't have any “bad” content in it? The obscene and explicit content is actually what keeps readers interested in reading the book. Are you more likely to read about a murder or someone who is just sitting outside with no plot? Things like this are what make books so exciting and enjoyable. If there was absolutely no violence, language, or any form of profanity in a book would you really be so hooked into reading it? Almost every kid, in school, across the United States would much rather read about murders, crimes, fights, and bullies then read about just some plain kids who go to school with no drama, fighting, language, or anything like that because that’s not how life really is! Real life has people who think differently, who have different point of views. You see people argue over their views all the time in politics, what makes it so different in a book? So many interesting and popular books would be taken out from the library if they were banned. From Harry Potter to Twilight, Kite Runner to Killing Mr. Griffin, even books about SpongeBob would be taken out! There’s not a book you can find that has no content in it, even a children’s book has racial slurs and point of views. One of the principles that makes this country great is our freedom to say, write, and yes even read what we want. But yet countless people are trying to restrict us from doing those many things! Books shouldn’t be judged by their cover, or by their content. It’s a student’s choice to read a book with such content. Books are just life put in words on a paper. Its reality and life and you have to live with this content every day. You hear it; you watch it, why should you be banned from reading it to? Books should not be banned from schools just because of mature content such as language, religious views, racial slurs, violence, or any other kind of obscene use. I say don’t ban books! You take away books and you take away freedom!
this is not right because people are always going to want to express thier opinion no matter what. people are never going to stop saying the things they believe in and others will always agree with them so you cant just take things away and say no you cant agree with that!
I think that if you are that desperate to ban a book, then you shuld take control of your child's reading (i would say all people, but an adult should be responsible for his own actions).
libraries should not ban books because people need to communicate and will do so anyway they feel like communicating. we all have a freedom of speech and that right can not be taken away from us. people like all kinds off different books and if they are taken away then those people wont be able to read what they want to read.
Banned books. Hmmm. If Mrs. Grundy has her way, I don't get books on such alternatives as Birth Control, Safe Sex, or Alternate lifestyles. If my government has it's way, no books on civil disobedience. If the Democrats control the library, no Rush Limbaugh books. If the Republicans control, no Das Kapital. They both want Ayn Rand off the shelf. It would be tough to name a book that SOMEONE isn't offended by. In my youth this was important, since it was my only source for information the adult world wanted to keep from me. Now, less so, since a kid can get raw porn at any computer terminal. The kids handle this better than their parents do. No one was ever damaged by information. Many have been damaged by information they were denied.
My reason is because if a kid wants to learn something let him learn you stupid people. The reason I say this is because my son he wanted to learn a book about photoshop and the librarian said "No its for teachers only" and my son came out of school said because the librarian and the stupid principle burned my sons curiosity
Banning a book is unecessary. The more a book is banned the more curious we grow about it. This is the equivanlent of book burinings. Limiting our supply of knowledge. Knowlege, good or bad should be accepted and known, but we must be cautious about it.
I don't believe librarians should have a list of banned books, since I am fairly certain there aren't any banned books in this country. I believe you can go to a library and look for a book on anything, that nothing is taboo or banned. However, I believe that our reading habits are being monitored to a certain extent due to the Patriot Act. If you check out a bunch of books about bomb making, I have a feeling someone somewhere will know. However, a look back on books that were banned in the past shows just how absurd that can be.
Banning books takes away people's free access to new ideas and concepts, and limits to possibility for true democracy. While not all ideas are good for us, it's important for us to have freedom of information, so we can make those decisions for ourselves. Censorship breeds distrust and insecurity, not to mention taking power away from ordinary citizens and giving it to a potentially abusive government. Look at the effects in China, where even Google has been censored, and people are outraged. We need access to information in order to protect ourselves from oppressors. Knowledge and education serve to empower you, and should not be limited in any way.
I believe that if you are going to ban a book you shouldn't show people where to locate them. That defeats the purpose of the banning of the book, and it makes you look bad. Also some parents might get upset, because they feel like there child shouldn't of have been exposed to this content and now they know where to get it. Also if you make a list of banned books it could encourage people to go out and read these books just because they are banned.
I do not agree with the idea of that there should be a list in libraries of books that cannot be read by students. It doesn't matter what kind of book it is, there is always a moral to the story. Even if the book is somewhat inappropriate it can teach kids good life skills. Books can also be educational by teaching people about different types of writing strategies.
No literature should be banned under any circumstances. I don't care if it's crude or not, if it inspires hate or not, it's wrong to censor information like that since it limits our perspective if we were interested in said books.
Even though some may feel some books may be inappropriate for young people, public libraries and schools should not ban them as it is a parent's right and responsibility to decide and it also violates the First Amendment. P.S there is prob any banned books that I haven't already read before :) :P
Everybody has their own type of genre they like to read. If you don't like how a certain book is written, don't read it. If you are afraid it might be a bad influence on your kids, you have the responsibility of teaching them what's good and what's bad. There will be bad everywhere in the world, not just books.
People should be responsible and PICK A BOOK THEY WELL LIKE AND ENJOY for example if you don't like scary stories and you pick it you are banding books by telling and saying this book is bad etc... They going to band it and ruined it for every one elese.
Libraries should not have a list of banned books because for one it's not called a library for just any specific reason. That's the whole purpose of having libraries so children can read; not just kids but adults also. Libraries have different genres of books ( if i'm using the correct term) so therefore kids should not be in a library area that's sectioned off for them not to enter.
Parents have the responsibility to protect their kids from certain books they don't want them to read, and they have that power. However, if some people have the 'permission' from their parents or are old enough to make their own decisions, they should be free to read what they want.
Okay, maybe for some there would be a point in banning books, but really the libraries would just be taking away the freedom of reading what you want to read. It would limit our perspectives of different subjects, and just take away what we love. Some popular authors such as Mark Twain and J.K. Rowling would be banned, and many people love them! If you don't like a certain book or find it offensive, don't read it. Let others enjoy while you find your own book.
If a person was to ban a book for having offensive material than that person is making too much of a big deal about it. If someone doesn't like it then they don't have to read it. Plain and simple. People have been doing it for years. Why all of a sudden they want to ban things? This is just someone being a little too annoyed with something that is a small problem.
Books inspire a passion for learning, if you censor and ban books, then you are oppressing students will to learn. If a child is willing to learn, then let them. A library should remain neutral, it is not their right to determine what students can and cannot read. No one should have the power over what you chose to read, and if someone finds a book inappropriate then they do not have to read it.
Education is a huge part of growing up, and children should not be missing out on the most creative books. Censorship of books takes away the academic freedom, which all individuals deserve. Censoring a book is like taking away someone's education. All individuals should have the right to any book. You can't leave them wondering what they're missing out on.
Book censorship is happening in schools across the nation. In certain schools they have banned books like the Harry Potter series and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn most of these books are well known and some are classics. I feel this is unfair because kids anywhere should be able to read the books they want on local or school library shelves.
Schools should not be allowed to ban books. It is not a school's job to determine what students should be able to read. Kids should be able to read whatever they want.
Many books that have been challenged are favorites among kids. Also many challenged books have educational purposes, like explaining world affairs.
If you saw that a book was banned wouldn't you like to know what it was about and why it was banned? No-one should have the power over what you can or cannot read. People all have different opinions and so each believe different types of books should be banned. Libraries are meant to be for the masses and should allow for different tastes. If you don't like what a book is about then don't read it or if you find if offensive simply put it down and don't continue to read it.
If you walked into a library and looked at a list of banned books, wouldn't you want them even more to see why they were banned in the first place whereas if you don't know the titles of these books, you will be less likely to get hold of them
Let's look at a short list of famously banned books"
Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl - This book was banned for passages that were considered "sexually offensive," as well as for the tragic nature of the book, which some readers felt was a "real downer."
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - The references and treatment of African Americans in the novel reflect the time about which it was written, but some critics have thought such language inappropriate for study and reading in schools and libraries.
The Crucible - The Crucible was banned because it contains "sick words from the mouths of demon-possessed people."
A Light in the Attick - It was banned because of "suggestive illustrations." One library also claimed that the book "glorified Satan, suicide and cannibalism, and also encouraged children to be disobedient."
If you want to protect your kids from reading, sexually explicit books, keep them away from the romance section or tell them you'll read the book first to see if it's appropriate. If they're still interested, them to write down the name of the books so that when they're older, they can read it.
A book will always offend people. Religious people are offended by Harry Potter, etc. I'm sorry, but it's just stupid to give people power over what I can and can't read. If you're trying to protect your children, read the books first and deem it appropriate or not. But don't step on my toes because you're fearful your child could see dirty pictures. It's called Biology class and they're going to see them anyways.
Banning specific information, albeit in certain cases mature or taboo material, should be considered criminal. It is the libraries duty to be neutral in it's function.... as a library. A distributor of knowledge, not a center to promote idealistic views.
if you ban one thing, it leads to other things banned and eventually there will be nothing left that anyone wants to read. taken from experience being told i can read this book just because of the content, if the person keeps it to his or her self, and the libraries dont advertise it then why ban it if a student somehow came across the book